What does containment mean?

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kənˈteɪn məntcon·tain·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. containmentnoun

    a policy of creating strategic alliances in order to check the expansion of a hostile power or ideology or to force it to negotiate peacefully

    "containment of communist expansion was a central principle of United States' foreign policy from 1947 to the 1975"

  2. containmentnoun

    (physics) a system designed to prevent the accidental release of radioactive material from a reactor

  3. containmentnoun

    the act of containing; keeping something from spreading

    "the containment of the AIDS epidemic"; "the containment of the rebellion"


  1. Containmentnoun

    the act of containing.

  2. Containmentnoun

    (Diplomacy) the act or policy of restricting the influence or territorial growth of a hostile nation. The policy of containment is employed when the defeat of a hostile nation or overthrow of its government is considered impractical or too costly.

  3. Containmentnoun

    the act of restricting some deleterious substance within a confined space, especially when such material is released unintentionally or by accident; as, containment of nuclear waste; containment of an oil spill. Also used attributively, as a containment boom.

  4. Containmentnoun

    a structure surrounding a nuclear power plant designed to prevent release of radioactive materials into the environment in the event of an accident.


  1. containmentnoun

    the act of containing or something contained

  2. containmentnoun

    a policy of checking the expansion of a hostile foreign power by creating alliances with other states; especially the foreign policy strategy of the United States in the early years of the Cold War

  3. containmentnoun

    a physical system designed to prevent the accidental release of radioactive or other dangerous materials from a nuclear reactor or industrial plant.

  4. containmentnoun

    an inclusion

Webster Dictionary

  1. Containmentnoun

    that which is contained; the extent; the substance


  1. Containment

    Containment was a United States policy to prevent the spread of communism abroad. A component of the Cold War, this policy was a response to a series of moves by the Soviet Union to enlarge communist influence in Eastern Europe, China, Korea, Africa, and Vietnam. It represented a middle-ground position between appeasement and rollback. The basis of the doctrine was articulated in a 1946 cable by U.S. diplomat George F. Kennan. As a description of U.S. foreign policy, the word originated in a report Kennan submitted to U.S. Defense Secretary James Forrestal in 1947, a report that was later used in a magazine article. It is a translation of the French cordon sanitaire, used to describe Western policy toward the Soviet Union in the 1920s. The word containment is associated most strongly with the policies of U.S. President Harry Truman, including the establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a mutual defense pact. Although President Dwight Eisenhower toyed with the rival doctrine of rollback, he refused to intervene in the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. President Lyndon Johnson cited containment as a justification for his policies in Vietnam. President Richard Nixon, working with advisor Henry Kissinger, followed a policy called détente, or relaxation of tensions. This involved expanded trade and cultural contacts, as well as the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of containment in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of containment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of containment in a Sentence

  1. Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt:

    We have to focus on containment and capacity.

  2. Mark Siegler:

    The coming together of two laudable movements -- death with dignity and cost containment -- concerns me Patients have a right to die. But do they have a duty to die

  3. Peter Hotez:

    This time, we have to go back to what's called' containment mode,' meaning less than one new case per million residents per day.

  4. Alex Azar:

    But thanks to President Trump's historically aggressive containment efforts, we've actually contained the spread of this virus here in the United States at this point, i think part of the message to the American people is we all need to take a bit of deep breath here.

  5. Lloyd Chan:

    Recovery momentum should gather pace from the second quarter onwards, led by strong export prospects as global growth and 5G deployment pick up speed, a vaccine rollout around February should also stimulate domestic demand, as it would reduce the need for stringent containment measures.

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